Mobile

Drammer: Are hardware vulnerabilities the Achilles heel of Android?

Drammer: Are hardware vulnerabilities the Achilles heel of Android?

10/28/2016 - Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are a very lucrative target for cyber criminals because they are a fixture of everyday private and working life. Researchers at VUSec Labs, the University of California and Graz University of Technology have succeeded in exploiting a security hole in Android smartphone hardware. The experts have called the attack vector “Deterministic Rowhammer” (Drammer for...

Author: Christian Lueg

“HummingBad“ – Money-making Malware, Made in Asia

“HummingBad“ – Money-making Malware, Made in Asia

07/08/2016 - During the past few days and weeks reports surfaced according to which a new type of malware has infected millions of smartphones and tablet PCs worldwide. The malware in question is highly lucrative for its makers – each month they can rake in up to 300.000 Euros in revenue. The makers of this malware work for an advertising company called “Yingmob” which is based out of China, say researchers of...

Author: Tim Berghoff

New "Blue Screen of Death": Genuine Help or Security Risk?

New "Blue Screen of Death": Genuine Help or Security Risk?

06/22/2016 - There is hardly anything more annoying than error messages and the associated trouble with programs that crash, work that has been lost and the like. Microsoft appears to be trying to improve the user experience with its blue screen errors. However, they have not got rid of the infamous “BSOD”, but are allegedly providing a QR code with a link to a matching help page. This technology offers a...

Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf

GAME OVER: HOW A COLOURFUL GAME TURNED INTO A SUBSCRIPTION TRAP

GAME OVER: HOW A COLOURFUL GAME TURNED INTO A SUBSCRIPTION TRAP

01/27/2016 - Premium SMS messages were the first attacks on Android users – almost six years ago, malware with this functionality was the primary risk. Since then of course, the malware landscape for mobile devices has moved on significantly. For this very reason, it is notable that a new type of subscription trap has been evident in the current Google Play store for several weeks now, causing Android users...

Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf
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